Jonathan Toews is still a “kid” by many people’s standards.
Chicago’s captain will turn 29 at the end of April, and is already in the midst of his tenth NHL season. But Toews played hockey somewhere growing up. And developed friends. And played.
Now, he wants other kids to have the same opportunities he did outside Winnipeg.
On Wednesday it was announced that the Jonathan Toews Foundation has donated $1M to the fundraising campaign for Dakota Community Centre — the facility where he grew up playing the game.
“From my earliest days playing hockey, Dakota Community Centre has always played a pivotal role in my upbringing and my career,” Toews said in a statement. “Today, I continue to be honoured to have my name associated with the Sportsplex on the Dakota campus. My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back, and I believe that in supporting Dakota, we will see endless possibilities for the Community Centre’s future and transformation in the lives of our community members.”
Toews will also reportedly serve as the honorary chairman for the Dakota Futures Capital Campaign, which is raising $20M total for the construction of a new 60,000-square-foot fieldhouse and community center. Included in the plans for the community center are a 30,000-square-foot gymnasium, a walking/running track and studio space for health and wellness programs.
The donation is reportedly the largest private donation to a community center ever in Manitoba.